South Africa name Heyneke Meyer as new coach

New Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer
Meyer was appointed coach of Leicester Tigers in 2008

Heyneke Meyer has been appointed as the new coach of South Africa.

The 44-year-old former Leicester Tigers coach has agreed a four-year deal with South African Rugby Union.

He said: "I know the importance of rugby in the South African psyche and will do everything in my power to ensure the Springboks remain among the pace setters of world rugby.''

Meyer succeeds Pieter de Villiers, who took the Springboks to the quarter-finals of last year's World Cup.

He was favourite for the job in 2008 when De Villiers was appointed, and then quit rugby before joining Leicester in June 2008, a position he resigned from the following year for personal reasons.

Meyer led the Blue Bulls to four Currie Cup titles and one Super Rugby crown during his time as director of rugby between 2002 and 2007.

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